Admission Requirements

Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post-Baccalaureate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post-Baccalaureate: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing - Administration and Education


Doctor of Nursing Practice

In order to enroll students from a variety of nursing backgrounds with the greatest potential for successfully completing the program, the following criteria will be used for consideration of acceptance.  Program-specific admission requirements are the following:

  • Current, unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the United States (verified online by Graduate Admissions);
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.20 on all previous graduate coursework as evidenced by official graduate transcripts;
  • MSN degree from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited nursing program as evidenced by official graduate transcripts;
  • Certifications in practice area (if applicable);
  • Verification of immunizations submitted on provided form;
  • Three letters of recommendation (professional and academic) submitted on provided form;
  • Validation of the number of hours of nursing practice completed at the post-baccalaureate level as part of a supervised academic program submitted on the provided form;
  • Current curriculum vitae;
  • Written essay addressing goals related to doctoral education in nursing, including description of a practice project interest; and
  • Current, official, satisfactory criminal background check results from the state of current residence and any other state lived in during the past ten years.

Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post-Baccalaureate: Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited nursing program
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work or last 64 hours of undergraduate or graduate work
  • Updated resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended, sent to:

    Gardner-Webb University
    Digital Learning
    PO Box 1896
    Boiling Springs, NC 28017

    Or official electronic transcripts to gradinfo@gardner-webb.edu

  • Immunizations as required by the University
  • Three completed professional references submitted on the “Graduate Study Reference Form
  • RN applicants with a baccalaureate degree in another field may be accepted but must meet additional requirements prior to admission.
  • The requirements include completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course, BSN-level nursing research course, BSN-level communication skills in nursing course. A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in each course in order to meet requirements.
  • Current, unrestricted Registered Nurse licensure in United States
  • Two years of active RN practice with a minimum of 1100 hours per year. Active RN experience must have taken place within the past 3 years with a Statement of Description of Work Experience.

Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post-Baccalaureate: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited nursing program
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work or last 64 hours of undergraduate or graduate work
  • Updated resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended, sent to:

    Gardner-Webb University
    Digital Learning
    PO Box 1896
    Boiling Springs, NC 28017

    Or official electronic transcripts to gradinfo@gardner-webb.edu

  • Immunizations as required by the University
  • Three completed professional references submitted on the “Graduate Study Reference Form
  • RN applicants with a baccalaureate degree in another field may be accepted but must meet additional requirements prior to admission.
  • The requirements include completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course, BSN-level nursing research course, BSN-level communication skills in nursing course. A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in each course in order to meet requirements.
  • Current, unrestricted Registered Nurse licensure in United States
  • Two years of active RN practice with a minimum of 1100 hours per year. Active RN experience must have taken place within the past 3 years with a Statement of Description of Work Experience.

Master of Science in Nursing - Administration and Education

  • A completed application with a $40 non-refundable processing fee. 
  • Current, unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the United States.
  • An official transcript of all previous academic work beyond high school to be sent directly from each institution attended, including transcripts indicating a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited nursing program. The Privacy Act requires that each student request in writing that transcripts be released to the Graduate School Office. 
  • GPA of 2.70 on all undergraduate work; or GPA of 2.70 on the last 64 hours of undergraduate or graduate work.
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Three professional and/or academic references on graduate reference forms.
  • Proof of criminal background check for all states of residence for the past ten (10) years.
  • Immunization records.

RN applicants with a baccalaureate degree in another field may be provisionally accepted but must meet additional requirements during the first year of enrollment.

Students are notified of their admission status as soon as possible after completing the admissions process. Because of the confidential nature of some items of information required for admission, the University reserves the right to reject any applicant without stating a reason.